Curated by Chloe Firbank
Caution! Enter, is an installation concerned with the different uses of land, and the boundaries connected to them. For this project, I visited Alum Bay, in the Isle of Wight. I was drawn to this location mainly due to the fascinating colouration that can be seen within the cliffs. From deep reds, to pale pinks, the overall composition does not look like a typical British coastal landscape.
Alum Bay is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and also a popular tourist attraction. The cliffs act as a natural sea defence separating the land from the sea however, through natural forces, these cliffs are gradually eroding. This inevitably makes them unsafe to go up close to. Despite being an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, not much has been done to prevent further erosion. The only visible prevention is in the form of a couple of metal steaks, barely holding up a strip of caution tape. I wanted to bring this area of research into my installation. Using a long steel pipe, I blocked the entrance to my installation. The audience is invited to either stay behind the steel barrier, or to cross under it to be able to view the work up close.
Presuming that the cliffs would be solid, I discovered that certain areas that I documented were actually composed of a very soft, fine sand. In order to question this composition and ever-changing state of the cliffs I decided to print two of my close up images onto a soft velvet fabric. The scale of the cliffs cannot be seen, however there is a tighter focus on the structure and strata.
After researching both protected areas of land like Alum Bay, and contrasting areas used for quarrying, I wanted to include an industrial aspect to my work. I like how the end of the copper poles have started to produce a bright turquoise patina, which like the eroding strata, is a result of exposure, and age.
See more of Chloe’s work here.